After Debbie Reynolds' death, some ask: Can you die of a broken heart?

The son of actress Debbie Reynolds' had some striking words about his mother after she died Wednesday.

"She wanted to be with Carrie," he said.

Reynolds' daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher, died just one day earlier. She went into cardiac arrest on a plane on Dec. 23.

Reynolds died a result of a stroke, but her death sparked questions about whether it's possible to die of a broken heart.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Debbie Reynolds visits 'Extra' at The Grove on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 14: Actress Debbie Reynolds speaks onstage during Kim Novak being immortalized with a hand and footprint ceremony as part of Day 2 of the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage) 22307_010_JM_1047.jpg
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Actress Debbie Reynolds attends the Professional Dancers Society's Gypsy Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Actors Carl Reiner (L) and Debbie Reynolds attend the Professional Dancers Society's Gypsy Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Actress Debbie Reynolds attends the Professional Dancers Society's Gypsy Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Actress Debbie Reynolds is seen on May 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
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It sounds like the stuff of fairy tales and romantic movies, but some studies say broken heart syndrome, also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, can happen.

Dr. Ilan Wittstein estimates as many as 10,000 people experience broken heart syndrome each year.

"What we think happens is that the body produces a large amount of these stress hormones, like adrenaline, and when produced in large amounts, it can actually be somewhat toxic to the heart," Wittstein told CBS.

But even more people might suffer from it.

The American Heart Association says doctors can misdiagnose patients with having a heart attack because the symptoms are often similar with broken heart syndrome.

Patients experiencing broken heart syndrome are thought to suffer from chest pain and shortness of breath after a time of physical stress or extreme emotion. But the difference between that and a heart attack is that blocked arteries aren't causing those symptoms.

It's usually treatable, and recovery can be as short as a few days.

The Mayo Clinic says the death of a loved one isn't the only thing that can precede broken heart syndrome. A frightening medical diagnosis, losing a job and even a surprise party can all be potential triggers.

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Circa 1956, American actor and singer Debbie Reynolds smiles and holds her infant daughter, Carrie Fisher.

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A newcomer to the ranks of fatherhood, Eddie Fisher was named 'Father of the Year in TV' by the National Father's Day Committee. Mrs. Fisher (Debbie Reynolds) and the children presented Fisher with a handsome photo wallet containing their pictures. Carrie Frances is 19 months and son Todd (L) is 4 months old.

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Actress Debbie Reynolds, still deeply upset over separation from singer Eddie Fisher, was hospitalized here suffering exhaust indigestion. Meanwhile MGM Studios plan to shoot 'around' the actress until here where she is working in The Mating Game. Debbie holds her two children, Carrie and Todd, 8-mos, (right) in this photo made during the current shooting at the site.

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Debbie Reynolds with her daughter Carrie Fisher, 23 months old, smiles as she leaves the house September 9, 1958 to visit friends in Los Angeles, California. Husband Eddie Fisher and Miss Reynolds later revealed their separation.

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Carrie Fisher, 3, gives her mother Debbie Reynolds a hug after her afternoon nap in their home November 16, 1959 in West Los Angeles, California.

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Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher with daughter Carrie Frances born October 21, 1956.

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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher during 11th Annual American Comedy Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Debbie Reynolds with her children Carrie and Todd Fisher, on the site of the new museum that will house her collection of film costumes.

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Actresses Debbie Reynolds (L) and Carrie Fisher (R) arrive at the premiere of 'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,' at the Loews Cineplex Uptown Theatre May 12, 2005 in Washington, DC. Star Wars premiers are taking place across the country tonight.

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Actress Carrie Fisher (L) and her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, arrive for Dame Elizabeth Taylor's 75th birthday party at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas on February 27, 2007 in Henderson, Nevada.

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Actress Debbie Reynolds (R) unveils the site of the new Hollywood Motion Picture Collection which will house her $30 million collection of movie costumes and props in Hollywood, June 19, 2001, with daughter Carrie Fisher at her side. The movie memorabilia museum, set to open February 2002, will be located at the Hollywood & Highland development which is also the site of the Kodak Theatre, permanent home of the Academy Awards ceremony. 

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Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher arrive at the premiere of HBO's documentary 'Wishful Drinking' at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on December 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

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Carrie Fisher (L), Debbie Reynolds, and Billie Lourd attend Paley Center & TCM present Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood memorabilia exhibit reception at The Paley Center for Media on June 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actress Debbie Reynolds (L) and her daughter Carrie Fisher (R) arrive at the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 10, 2011.

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Actors Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher arrive at the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live.

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Actresses Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and Joely Fisher arrive at the premiere of HBO's documentary 'Wishful Drinking' at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on December 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds attend the all-star gala and press preview of Profiles in History's Debbie Reynolds-The Auction Finale at Debbie Reynolds's Dance Studio on May 14, 2014 in North Hollywood, California.

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Actresses Debbie Reynolds (L), recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actress Carrie Fisher (L) and actress Debbie Reynolds attend TNT's 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

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Actresses Debbie Reynolds (L), recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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